- P.O. Box 391
Ottawa, KS 66067
E-Mail Address is:
February 12, 1997
General Conference of
Office of General Counsel
Church World Headquarters
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Springs, MD 20904
Attn: Attorney Walter E. Carson
In your letter of November 6th, you had stated that in order "to prevent the likelihood of confusion," you were "requesting the discontinuation of the use of the Seventh-Day Adventist name in the communications: of this particular church. Your letter has brought confusion to my being and we both know who the originator of confusion is!
I am a home schooler and have been taught that in the name of my school, it is to state: 1) what we are; 2) who we are, and; 3) what type of institute we are. The Rogue Valley Historic, (what they are), Seventh-day Adventist, (who they are, just as Christ stated He was [MM49]), Church, (what type of institute they are), is doing just as the world has been taught and I, personally, see no fault in it.
By trademarking the name of Seventh-Day and/or Adventist, is by no means what the Lord had asked His chosen people to do. By going to the civil power for help has shown to myself and to others how weak in faith the General Conference Seventh-Day Adventist has become. They live in fear of losing something they themselves have never been in control of, but only the Lord should control.
"The church (General Conference) must constantly be alert, however, to prevent a "kingly" type of leadership and control reasserting itself. The reins of church government must not drift into the hands of a few persons or institutions." [PM143] This counsel given many years ago has not been heeded and now the church has a "kingly" type of leadership and control. We were counseled to avoid centralization of power, whether it be of publishing houses or churches. "At times it has been urged that the interests of the cause would be furthered by a consolidation of our publishing houses (or churches), bringing them virtually under one management. But this, the Lord has shown, should not be. It is not His plan to centralize power in the hands of a few persons or to bring one institution under the control of another." [7T171] If this counsel would have been heeded long ago, another people would not have been called out. "The arms of power are being extended more and more widely, seeking to control the work far and near, and to crush that which they cannot control." [8T150] I lift my voice in protest. The Spirit that now controls is not the Spirit of the Lord.
"Men have tried to rob their brethren of their rights, and have selfishly grasped all the available means to turn to their advantage. They have tried to justify themselves by saying, 'I am doing it for the cause of God.' Human preferences and prejudices have swayed the minds of those who confederated to sustain methods contrary to the Word of God. Selfishness has led those who ought to be true to principle to make crooked paths for their feet." [MS29,1911]
Only those who search for the blood of righteousness will eat of the bread of life. This is why I am writing to you today; to invite you to search for true righteousness so that you may become a partaker in His bread of life.
Repent of your sins for today is your day of Judgement. Become blameless in the eyes of our Saviour and go preach Thy Word, which seeks not the help of man or civil power, but of a true Shepherd who guides our footsteps. Let not man be your guide, but Him who knows Thy Way to everlasting life. "Follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you." [DT16:20] "Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug." [1S51:1] "What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, had not attained to the law (by works) of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were by works of the law (civil power). For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: 'Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.'" [RO9:30-33]
I pray for you, brother, that you will, this day, choose to pursue after righteousness so you may not be put to shame. Stand on that firm Rock and "Repent, ye sinner, repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand! I am but just one voice crying in the wilderness, preparing the way of the Lord, making His paths straight." [MT3:2-3]
Come and join the Remnant of her seed. "These are the ones who are not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These are redeemed by Christ from among men, being the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault." [RE14:4-5]
These chosen ones will not see death and they have the true Sabbath rest!
With the love of Christ,
Crystle A. Martin